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What causes night terrors?

It is not clear exactly what causes night terrors, but several factors seem to lead to them. Underlying medical conditions, such as stroke, migraine, seizures, hyperthyroidism, head injuries, and sleep apnea may trigger an instance of night terror. Taking certain medications or  drinking alcohol may also bring them on. If you are overly tired, stressed out, have a fever, or are sleeping in an unfamiliar place, you are also more likely to experience a night terror. There may be a link between psychological problems and night terrors, and night terrors may also have a genetic component.

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What are the symptoms of night terrors?
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During a night terror, you may open your eyes, yell, flail your arms, kick, sweat, and/or experience...
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How do I manage my night terrors on a daily basis?
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If you suffer from night terrors, but are not losing too much sleep or hurting yourself or others, j...
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Can night terrors be prevented?
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There is no sure way to prevent night terrors. Typically, they occur in childhood and are outgro...
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What increases my risk for night terrors?
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Children are at a higher risk for night terrors than adults are, though anyone can experience them. ...
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